We Are Quick to Go Back to School When School is a Failing System

Featured Image: Ariel Davis It is no secret that U.S. schoolchildren take nothing away from school that they could use in the real world. Home economics credits are not even a mandatory requirement to graduate the California high school curriculum. Instead of arguing about opening schools amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Education should…

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Latinx Liminality

Featured Illustration: Manuela Alejandra Guillén This brown skin is all I have ever known and kept close The only place I have ever been that is both home and unknown The one that blushes and bruises And comforts and rouges And bleeds, oh it bleeds This brown skin that starts fires and washes away the…

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On Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus: A Black Femme Perspective on European Art

“Did you know that you can’t kill any of the swans?” Ronny exclaimed. Alexis and I looked at Ronny with confusion, it was a weird fact to proclaim as we made our way through St. James’ Park. The swans, viciously beautiful and unperturbed by the presence of so many people, were the last thing that…

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Zain Shah’s Pursuit to ‘Diversify Diversity’

Featured Image: Zain Shah In South Asian society, the pressure to conform to ‘a standard’ shapes the foundations of brown culture. This narrative enforces an expectation for brown youth to preserve this social conditioning through their own lives at the cost of slowly abandoning their individuality, their voice, and their identity. This unwritten narrative is…

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Everything Chadwick Boseman Taught Us About Inspiration Porn

Featured Image: Mark Seliger/Vanity Fair In the weeks following his passing, I continued to see this flood of messages making the rounds with the same subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) lament, that Chadwick Boseman went so long hiding his cancer from the world, battling in silence without inviting a throng of fans to share…

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Instagram Infographics Shouldn’t Be Your Main News Source

Featured Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Every day I come across a carousel of Instagram stories on my feed, plastered with neatly designed visuals that aim to explain complex topics in bitesize slides to anyone who may be unfamiliar to them. Infographics, which have traditionally served as tools to accompany and underscore longer sources of information, have…

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Combating Rape Culture: The Rape Culture Pyramid

Featured Illustration: Hanna Barczyk To combat rape culture, we need to first acknowledge the beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate it within our society. We are looking at only the top of the pyramid; whereas, it is being perpetuated by a chain of behaviors and daily practices. It is about time we look at the bottom…

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Teachers Should Discuss Controversial Topics In The Classroom

Featured Image: Morning Brew The ultimate purpose of teaching is to expand the youth’s knowledge of the world so that they are able to make rational and logical decisions for the welfare of citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society. To help youth establish a foundation of problem-solving, decision making, global awareness, civic knowledge, and…

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